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Literacy Lab

Literacy Lab

Collaborative research practices, to understand and improve children and young people's literacy experiences and outcomes

Growing Up A Reader



Growing Up A Reader aimed to understand children and young people’s perspectives of what it means to be a reader in the 21st Century.  In addition, we were interested in their reading activities and practices, and why they choose to read different text types.

Growing up a Reader was an interdisciplinary research project (Education, Psychology and English Literature), in close collaboration with Scottish Book Trust and with support with Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood.  Integral to the project was our collaborative approach to research.  In 2018, we trained 12 primary and 10 secondary school students to join our research team and interview their peers about their reading experiences and practices.

Full details of this project can be found on our project website, including the papers published and additional resources.

This project was funded by a Challenge Investment Fund grant from the University of Edinburgh.  If you would like any further information about the project, please contact Dr Sarah McGeown:


Project Team:

Principal Investigator: Dr Sarah McGeown

Researchers: Valentina Andries, Jane Bonsall and Danielle Howarth

External Partner: Katherine Wilkinson, Scottish Book Trust



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